Lo, I come unto thee in a thick cloud – Portion 17.v

01-31-13
Exodus 19,7 And Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and set before them all these words which the LORD commanded him. 8 And all the people answered together, and said:

‘All that the LORD hath spoken we will do.’

And Moses reported the words of the people unto the LORD. 9 And the LORD said unto Moses:

‘Lo, I come unto thee in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with thee, and may also believe thee for ever.’

And Moses told the words of the people unto the LORD. 10 And the LORD said unto Moses:

‘Go unto the people, and sanctify them to-day and to-morrow, and let them wash their garments, 11 and be ready against the third day; for the third day the LORD will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai. 12 And thou shalt set bounds unto the people round about, saying:

Take heed to yourselves, that ye go not up into the mount, or touch the border of it; whosoever toucheth the mount shall be surely put to death; 13 no hand shall touch him, but he shall surely be stoned, or shot through; whether it be beast or man, it shall not live; when the ram’s horn soundeth long, they shall come up to the mount.’

14 And Moses went down from the mount unto the people, and sanctified the people; and they washed their garments. 15 And he said unto the people:

‘Be ready against the third day; come not near a woman.’

16 And it came to pass on the third day, when it was morning, that there were thunders and lightnings and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of a horn exceeding loud; and all the people that were in the camp trembled. 17 And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet God; and they stood at the nether part of the mount. 18 Now mount Sinai was altogether on smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire; and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly. 19 And when the voice of the horn waxed louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him by a voice.

Rav Daniel Saenz-Gonzalez
Chaplain, The Church of Pasadena
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